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The Difference Between Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress are closely related, but they are not the same thing.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. It is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might become a medical disorder. Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses characterized by feelings of anxiety and related emotional and physical symptoms.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. Stress can be positive, providing you with the motivation and energy to meet the challenges of everyday life. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can have negative effects on your physical and mental health.

In general, anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear, while stress is a response to external pressures or demands. Both anxiety and stress can affect a person's mental and physical health, and it is important to find healthy ways to manage them.

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